Say the word history: I see
your mother, mine.
The light sober, the summer well over,
an east wind dandling leaves, rain stirring at the kerb….
Throughout her nearly sixty-year career, acclaimed poet Eavan Boland came to be known for her exquisite ability to weave myth, history, and the life of an ordinary woman into mesmerizing poetry. She was an essential voice in both feminist and Irish literature, praised for her ‘edgy precision, an uncanny sympathy and warmth, an unsettling sense of history’ (J. D. McClatchy). Her final volume, The Historians, is the culmination of her signature themes, exploring the ways in which the hidden, sometimes all-but-erased stories of women’s lives can powerfully revise our sense of the past.
- The Irish Examiner: '“Poetry has Always Changed with the Changing World” - Eavan Boland Keen for Poetry to Move with Digital Age’
- The Believer: ‘A Vocabulary of Belonging - An Interview with Eavan Boland’
- Nashville Review: An Interview with Eavan Boland
Prizes & Awards
- Theo Dorgan, Dublin Review of Books
- Fred Johnston, Books Ireland
- Nicholas Taylor-Collins, New Critique
- Kate Arthur, PNR
- Publishers Weekly
- RTÉ: Arena - The Historians - Paula Meehan on Eavan Boland's new collection
- RTÉ: Arena - Eavan Boland Remembered
- RTÉ: A Woman’s Voice, Eavan Boland
- Poetry Ireland: Eavan Boland – A Transatlantic Tribute
- Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences: Eavan Boland Tribute
- Stanford Creative Writing Program: Eavan Boland Memorial
- Carcanet Press: Eavan Boland – The Historians – Online Book Launch
- Poetry Ireland: Paula Meehan reads 'The Historians' by Eavan Boland
- Poetry Ireland: Paula Meehan Remembers Eavan Boland and Reads from Anna Liffey
- American Academy of Arts & Sciences: Eavan Boland Reading